Saturday, January 12, 2008

Autocrit

GrandSumoTournamentCreative writing often generates flabby writing. That's okay! You *should* be sending your editor on vacation while the creativity flows. Getting out the ideas is way more important than proper grammar.

Ah, but afterward, when it comes time to edit, how do you get out the flab? Check out Autocrit.

Paste in up to 800 words and click Analyze. Autocrit returns with a check list of weak words. If you click on the check box it highlights the words in the text you pasted. Here's a list of weak words it identifies:
could
feel/feeling/felt
generic descriptions
had
have
hear/heard
initial conjunction
initial ing
it/there
just/then
knew/know
look
ly adverbs
maybe
see/saw
smell/taste
that
was/were
watch/notice/observe
Fixing them is another story, of course! But just knowing they're there can help with your editing. (Initial ing, Initial conjunction, it/there, just/then ;-)

(They also offer a subscription with more critique and some free courses and writing articles.)
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